Presented by Wise At Heart on Vimeo, this is one of the most heart-felt and inspiring videos I can share with you, this Sunday Morning. Having trouble embedding the video. Here are some screen shots, plus the link. Let this be your Call to Action to RISE from whatever adversity confronts you! https://vimeo.com/122762336
Sharing another great FB post from Monica Reese! From Good News Network: A California moving company has been donating its time and labor to help victims of domestic violence move safely and quickly. See copy of article, below.
Getting out of an abusive relationship isn’t easy—but actually packing up and moving out is even more daunting.
Hundreds of women have Aaron and Evan Steed to thank for coming to the rescue. These owners of a California moving company have volunteered to complete the move for them, free of charge.
When they first started their business, Meathead Movers in 1997, the high school athletes were simply looking for a way to earn some extra cash. Back then, their fee was usually $20 and a pizza.
As their business grew, the Steeds started getting occasional, frantic phone calls from women with little or no money who wanted to quickly move out before their abusers returned home. The sympathetic movers always declined any compensation and rushed to the address to load their belongings.
One day, in 2000, a situation turned volatile when the abuser came home in the middle of the move. It was then that the company decided it had to ensure that the women and the moving crew were both safe, so they partnered with a local women’s shelter.
“What was good about that is, they could be vetting the requests for help, supporting the women with counseling, and making sure when we went in, the proper restraining orders were in place, or police were on hand if necessary,” Meathead’s CEO Aaron Steed told Good News Network.
Beth Raub, director of the local women’s shelter, said that one of their staff is always on-site the day of the move so they can “call law enforcement if things get dicey.”
Since those days in 2000, the company has expanded into Santa Barabara, Ventura, Orange, Los Angeles, and San Diego counties. Whenever they open a new office, within the first week, they head to a local women’s shelter and knock on their doors.
“It’s the special service we like to offer,” Aaron said on a phone call. “These moves became very personal to us, made all the employees so proud, and became part of our mission statement.” He also said the same services are offered to any victim of domestic violence–male or female.
Aaron Steed says MM hires student athletes to give them an income while in school.
Yesterday, the company launched a new campaign that asks other businesses to “get creative” and help victims of domestic violence. Called #MoveToEndDV, the Meathead Movers hope to inspire others to rethink how they can work with shelters, or help women as they try to rebuild their lives and move into their first home or apartment.
“Some of our ideas are for businesses to offer free security systems, a dog kennel service, or for an auto-mechanic to provide oil changes,” Aaron said. “All those little things would help defer costs of starting over.
Their goal is to spark 100 new stories of businesses offering services, and form a like-minded community. Already they have received pledges from stylists for free haircuts, from a realtor offering rental searches, and a counselor who has offered to help.
“Were so excited about it,” said Aaron. “It brings so much more purpose and passion to our lives and if we can be an example for others, that is so much better.”
"Learn to code, own data, crush marketing, run product, and design" include some of the skills I've just pulled from a FB ad. This is not an endorsement; however, one of our former interns (now a college grad) has taken some courses from General Assembly and gives it a thumbs up. Check it out!
I'm a great fan of a national consumer advocate by the name of Clark Howard. In today's newsletter, Clark included an article listing and describing ten of the best high=paying jobs that don't require degrees. Check these out! See link for additional info.
We had our first argument last night, and he said loads of cruel things that really hurt me. I KNOW he's sorry and didn't mean the things he said, because he sent me flowers today. I got flowers today. It wasn't our anniversary or any other special day. Last night he threw me into a wall and started to choke me. It seemed like a nightmare, I couldn't believe it was real. I woke up this morning sore and bruised all over.I know he MUST be sorry because he sent me flowers today.I got flowers today; it wasn't Mother's Day or any other special day. Last night, he beat me up again; it was much worse than all the other times. If I leave him, what will I do? How will I take care of my kids? What about money? I'm afraid of him but scared to leave. But I know he MUST be sorry because he sent me flowers today. I got flowers today. Today was a very special day. It was the day of my funeral. Last night, he finally killed me. He beat me to death. If only I had gathered enough courage to leave him, I wouldn't have gotten flowers today. Domestic violence is NEVER okay!!
Dearest Christ Jesus, it is all too true. I remember my own horrendous moment when I made a decision to leave my abuser with my life intact. This post sends shivers down my spine --- and I hope it will do likewise for countless abused women who remain paralyzed in fear, but need to leave. An abused woman's LIFE and the welfare of her CHILDREN are the two most SACRED Possessions she has! Abuse must Never come to this!
Liz J. Simpson, author and survivor of domestic violence, was recently featured on CBS San Antonio's "Great Day SA" show, where she shared her story of surviving domestic violence as a college student. Liz endured something that no one should endure. With her life at stake, she grabbed her child and fled her abuser. Now she's a successful business woman who empowers abused women through speaking, coaching, and related services. Find out how Liz took a bad situation and turned it into an opportunity to help others by viewing this video. Liz has recently launched her book, The Puzzle Pieces of Me, available on Amazon. See link to video below. Look for her book!
As Most of you know, the month of October has been designated as Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention Month. Frankly, we all need to designate time each month / week / day toward creating awareness of this crime which disrupts the health and lives of women and children daily. Life can be complicated and leaving isn't always easy. The above photograph is of myself, decades ago, along with a note from someone who was aware of my plight. She became a trusted friend. If you are experiencing abuse, Please Reach Out. And if you suspect that a friend, family member, neighbor, or co-worker is being abused, let them know they're not alone. I established Esperanza! A Woman's Hope as a result of my experiences with abuse. Please help others to keep the flame of Hope burning. Thank you.
Just a quick re-post: Sponsored by the Atlanta Community Food Bank. If you're a resident in Clayton County, Georgia, be on the lookout for the Mobile Food Pantry on Saturday, October 10th. This is your opportunity to receive free food items for yourself and your children.
This notice is scheduled for Saturday, October 10th in Clayton County, GA
I am not sure what the percentage of fresh, frozen, and canned food items will be available. Frozen meat, fish and poultry as well! See below for additional information.
TEFAP/USDA Mobile Food Pantry
Community Outreach in Action, Inc. in partnership with the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office, is excited to announce a community wide mass USDA food distribution on this Saturday, October 10th @ 9:30AM. Thousands of pounds of food will be given on a first come first serve basis. The food sources include Wal-Mart, Kroger, Publix , Midwest Food Bank and the Atlanta Community Food Bank. We will also have a limited number of canned goods, cases of potato chips and frozen poultry, beef and fish. ……….. ALL FOOD MUST GO….. THIS EVENT IS “ABSOLUTELY FREE”!!!
Distribution will take place at the HR Banke Justice Center located at 9151 Tara Boulevard, Jonesboro, Georgia 30236. Parking lot will open at 8:00AM and we ask that you enter in the 3rd drive way which is Posten Road. We will have sheriff deputies at the entrance to direct you to the distribution location. Please share this with your family, friends and neighbors. All are welcome to attend!
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The creator of this blog is a survivor of domestic violence who believes that women need to escape the cycle of abuse so that they can Succeed and Lead! My non-profit organization, Esperanza! A Woman's Hope, is focused on helping survivors who are moving forward in life. Inviting all Survivors to join in Celebrating the Journey to Empowerment and Success!